It’s not easy trying to lose weight when your appetite works against you. Whether your hunger is due to actual hunger or due to psychological issues, there are some tricks and tips that can stop your appetite from becoming a ravenous beast and help you stay on track with your weight loss.
Eat Every 4 Hours
Skipping meals isn’t going to help you. You’re probably thinking that the less you eat, the more weight you’ll lose, but it just doesn’t work that way. You have to keep your body fueled enough so that you can go about your day without feeling famished. Every four hours you should be eating something; at least a little snack.
If you don’t keep your body hydrated, it may get confused and fake hunger. Drinking plenty of water or other low calorie drinks will help you keep that hunger monster happy. How much is enough water? On a normal day, without extreme heat or workouts, you should be drinking at least 64 ounces. Of course, you should drink more when you work out, because you’ll be losing lose precious hydration through sweat.
Eat Filling Foods
There are certain foods you can eat that actually help you stay full for longer. Most of these contribute their filling factor to fiber. Apples and strawberries are great to eat because they contain a soluble fiber called pectin that plumps up in your stomach to make you feel less hungry. Eating oatmeal for breakfast will help you keep your appetite in check until lunch because it contains plenty of fiber. Fermented foods like pickles or sauerkraut have been proven to aid in appetite suppression as well as spicy foods.
Aerobic exercise, like running, has been shown to release a hormone called peptide YY, which is a natural appetite suppressing hormone. So get your booty up and running so you can stop yourself from eating that box of donuts. It’s a double bonus because not only will it help you stop yourself from overeating but you the exercise will also help you burn through calories.
Find a Hobby
Sometimes our hunger comes from stress or boredom. This is more psychological than physical hunger. The best way to get rid of psychological hunger is by taking your mind off your stomach and onto something else. Find a hobby that you can get engrossed in and really enjoy. This will help you let go of any stress you might be feeling and will definitely get rid of boredom.
Get Enough Sleep
When your body is lacking energy from lack of sleep it can start to crave sugary or fatty foods to combat low energy levels. This search for food can last all day until you go back to sleep and give your body the sleep it deserves. Simply put, make sure you get at least 7-8 hours of sleep every night and you won’t feel so hungry during the day.